Tragic harvest: Deaths on the rise on Minnesota family farms – Minneapolis Star Tribune


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Tragic harvest: Deaths on the rise on Minnesota family farms
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Steps to address safety problems at the federal level have stalled, most recently in 2014 when Congress forced the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to curtail a campaign to reduce grain bin deaths. Farming remains one of the most

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Minnesota Legislative notebook: Jobs-energy bill funds aircraft to jobless … – Grand Forks Herald


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Minnesota Legislative notebook: Jobs-energy bill funds aircraft to jobless
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The bill passed in a Friday special legislative session provides a $ 4 million loan to Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft and allows Iron Range taconite workers and poultry workers with flocks affected by the avian flu to get extended unemployment benefits.
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Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 pm CDT – Sacramento Bee

Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 pm CDT
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(AP) — Two labor unions representing thousands of Minnesota state employees have ratified new contracts that include across-the-board raises but higher health insurance contributions from workers. The Minnesota Association of Professional The

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Labor, in trouble elsewhere, seeing big gains in Minnesota with Dems in power

sugar worker Becki Jacobson couldn't have come from much different worlds. But they had something in common: both had gone through lengthy labor lockouts, and both were asking the state to make unemployment benefits considerably more generous.
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Reeling elsewhere, labor poised for gains in Minnesota

Minnesota Orchestra horn player Brian Jensen and third-generation sugar worker Becki Jacobson couldn't have come from much different worlds. But they had something in common: both had gone through lengthy labor lockouts, and both were asking the
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Brunswick Corp., Lund Boat Co. will pay $295,000 in back wages and interest to 185 women to settle allegations of sex discrimination at Minnesota plant

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has reached an agreement with federal contractor Lund Boat Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Brunswick Corp., that settles allegations of hiring discrimination. In a consent judgment approved by the department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, Brunswick Corp. and Lund Boat Co. have agreed to pay $ 295,000 in back wages and interest to 185 female job applicants who were rejected for entry-level positions at Lund’s boat manufacturing plant in New York Mills, Minn.|||||||http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20121709.htm

DOL awards grant to assist eastern Minnesota with recovery efforts following severe storms

The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded a $ 795,076 National Emergency Grant that will fund temporary jobs to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts following severe storms that struck a number of eastern Minnesota counties June 14-21. The funds are being awarded to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.|||||||http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20121501.htm

Mankato Becomes 1st Fair Trade Town in Minnesota, 25th in US

In October, Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative achieved Fair Trade Town status for the area of around 50,000 residents. Thus, Mankato (including North Mankato), 83 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, became the first Fair Trade Town in Minnesota, and 25th in the US.

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